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'A Simple Oath' by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

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'An Ode', by Zachary Wadsworth

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'Moral Courage' by Jesse Wiener

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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'You're just chuggin' along'

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Sing Out, Mr President: Andrew Jackson's One-Man Majority

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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'We need to be a strong people'

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'Truman' by David Ludwig

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'Admonition Of FDR' by Samuel Adler

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Judy Clurman: "I get teary-eyed."

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'A Theodore Roosevelt Round' by Thomas Cabaniss

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Conductor Judith Clurman: 'The sound of the bullet'

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'Round' by Milton Babbitt

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Composer Jake Heggie: Words that echo through time

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Conductor Judy Clurman: Washington, a normal American guy.

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Sing Out, Mr. President: NPR Music Premieres New Presidential Songs

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